Check out Rita Ora!
The multihyphenate star covers the October 2021 issue of Vogue Australia.
Posing it up in full spread lensed by Ben Morris, the singer, actress, host, and all-around media maven, also seized the feature to open up about her forthcoming album.
Owner of four #1 singles, Ora’s latest full-length LP was 2018’s ‘Phoenix,’ which she followed with experimentative EP ‘Bang’ earlier this year.
Head below for pics, as well as quotes about what the 30-year-old is cooking up…
On Navigating The Pandemic:
“I feel extremely trapped when I don’t perform on stage, because it’s part of my identity. I never really pictured what it would be like to not be able to do it.” By the time she did, it was already too late. “I lost a lot of my adrenaline.”
[Music] is the only thing I rely on to bring me joy. It’s probably the one, [the] only thing I know I can rely on.”
Excerpt On Her New Album:
Ora is channelling these learnings into her new album, which will be released next year. She hopes it surprises people; the songs will address her “vulnerability”, something she is more confident in sharing now. But also, “you gotta remember, music is fun”, Ora says.
“Sometimes it’s not that deep. It’s all about just feeling good and having that moment of ‘Gosh, I miss my friends.’ And this is a song that I would put on if … we were all dancing in the garden, you know what I mean? Sometimes it’s as simple as that. So I think there’s that balance of the two.” She’s bunkering down in sunny LA to write the record and so far it’s been the best sort of work, because it doesn’t feel like work at all. “It feels like I’m on holiday, kind of.”
On Rumored Romance With Director Taika Waititi:
“I’m in a great place in my life, that’s all I’m going to say about that. I just think, respectfully, privacy is important. I learned a lot in my 20s.”
On The Highs and Lows Of Her Job:
“This is one of the best jobs in the world. It’s unbelievable, the appreciation you get from making music, it’s incomparable to anything I’ve ever experienced. But at the same time, you have a lot of sacrifices, a lot of time on your own. Music has been that fulfilment for me in those moments.”
The ‘Bang’ EP was everything and deserved much more. Here’s hoping she continues with the excellence sonically.
Ora’s issue of Vogue Australia hits newsstands on September 27.